Historical images of Phys Ed at Berkeley

Individual Sports

Although its origins may be traced to the thirteenth century (according to some historians, to a much earlier date), it is usually held that 1874 marks the beginning of the modern game of tennis.

Three years later the All England Croquet Club, located in Wimbledon (a London suburb), held a tournament that was so successful that it was decided to make this an annual event. The first "national" tournament in the United States was held in 1876.

The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in 1881. At the University of California, "young ladies" were playing tennis by 1891; so were young men. Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman paired with Helen Wills and won the women's doubles gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Berkeley's physical education department has taught thousands of students to play tennis since the first courses were offered in the early 1900's.

Badminton is often called "the world's fastest racket sport." Evidence of early forms of the game may be found in China before the first century B.C. E. "Shuttlecock" was widely played in parts of England in the fourteenth century. The modern game dates from the late 1800's. The first "laws" (rules) of badminton were published in India in 1877. Badminton has been part of the curriculum at Berkeley since the 1910s. It is a popular form of physical activity for numerous students today, as is racquetball (a game invented in 1949 on a Connecticut handball court) and handball (whose origins may be found in several early cultures where a ball that rebounds off a wall is struck with the hand). Modern handball is usually dated to the founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884.

Archery practice - Faculty Glade

Archery practice - Faculty Glade


Women’s Archery Hearst Gymnasium West Field 1930’s

Women’s Archery Hearst Gymnasium West Field 1930’s


Archery Class - Hearst West Field

Archery Class - Hearst West Field


Women’s Badmitton Class 1950’s

Women’s Badmitton Class 1950’s


Women’s Badminton 1950’s

Women’s Badminton 1950’s


Fencing - Original Harmon Gymnasium 1908

Fencing - Original Harmon Gymnasium 1908


Fencing - Original Harmon Gymnasium 1902

Fencing - Original Harmon Gymnasium 1902


Women’s Fencing Class - Hearst Gym 1950’s

Women’s Fencing Class - Hearst Gym 1950’s


Fencing Class - Late 1940’s or early 1950’s. Frederica Bernard Instructor.

Fencing Class - Late 1940’s or early 1950’s. Frederica Bernard Instructor.


Fencing Class - 1950’s

Fencing Class - 1950’s


Riflery in Hearst Gym Basement. Late 1940’s or early 1950’s.The rifle range was converted in the 1980’s to the Undergraduate Anthropology Laboratories

Riflery in Hearst Gym Basement. Late 1940’s or early 1950’s.The rifle range was converted in the 1980’s to the Undergraduate Anthropology Laboratories


Women’s Tennis Class 1940’s

Women’s Tennis Class 1940’s


Women’s Tennis Team 1920’s

Women’s Tennis Team 1920’s


Tennis Class - Hearst Courts early 1930’s

Tennis Class - Hearst Courts early 1930’s